by Countable | 3.20.17
It’s difficult to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in this country and to break through the clutter, so we’re here to make it easier. Here’s what we at Countable are reading today:
"Pledging to empower America's "forgotten men and women," Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking command of a deeply divided nation and ushering in an unpredictable era in Washington. His victory gives Republicans control of the White House for the first time in eight years."
"Looking out over the crowd sprawled across the National Mall, Trump painted a bleak picture of the nation he now leads, lamenting "American carnage," shuttered factories and depleted U.S. leadership. President Barack Obama, the man he replaced, sat behind him stoically."
Read more at the Associated Press.
"A pair of police officers were injured and 95 protesters arrested after they smashed windows, damaged cars and threw rocks at police near Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony on Friday in Washington, D.C."
"Two DC police officers and one other person were taken to the hospital for undetermined injuries after run-ins with protesters, DC Fire Spokesman Vito Maggiolo told CNN. The injuries are non-life threatening."
Read more at CNN.
"The Senate voted overwhelmingly Friday to confirm James "Mad Dog" Mattis to be the nation's new secretary of Defense and John Kelly to be secretary of Homeland Security, giving President Trump his first victories in Congress just hours after his inauguration."
"Senators voted 98-1 to approve Mattis, a retired Marine Corps general whom Democratic Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island said has demonstrated "competence, courage and character." Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., was the lone "no" vote. Senators voted 88-11 to confirm Kelly, who is also a retired Marine Corps general."
Read more at USA Today.
"Newly-inaugurated President Donald Trump quickly got two members of his national security team confirmed Friday, but another key security official will have to wait until next week due to objections from Democrats."
"After an hour of back-and-forth negotiations on the Senate floor Friday evening, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the Senate would hold six hours of debate on Rep. Mike Pompeo's (R-Kan.) nomination on Monday, and then a confirmation vote after that."
Read more at Politico.
"President Donald Trump has reportedly picked a fierce critic of the Obama-era "net neutrality" rules to be chief regulator of the nation's airwaves and internet connections."
"Citing unidentified people, Bloomberg and Politico both reported Friday that the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission will be Ajit Pai, an old hand at the agency. Pai's chief of staff, Matthew Berry, declined to comment. Neither Trump administration spokesman Bryan Lanza nor FCC spokesmen immediately replied to requests for comment."
Read more at ABC News.
— Eric Revell
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Written by Countable
The election of Trump has led to a deep division in this country which is incredibly sad. However, the protests which are occurring are imperative to our democracy!! Trump has shown continually that he is not looking for reconciliation, he's looking out for his own motives.
Yes, and the first item he signed was to an Executive Order that rescinded an Executive Order by Obama, that was scheduled to go in to effect, 27 January 2017; which would have assisted people with FHA loans from paying high INSURANCE PREMIUMS. Now, please remind me, who exactly, did he promise in all his campaign rhetoric to help???? Article: http://m.motherjones.com/politics/2017/01/his-very-first-hour-office-trump-moved-screw-low-income-homeowners
Please fight the trump agenda. Say no to his unqualified cabinet picks. Please look into his ties with russia. Please look into his financial conflicts of interests. He is already violating the constitution which you swore to uphold!
trump is a Russian puppet, a traitor to America, a cancerous growth on the very soul of America. The saddest day in America.n history concerning elections. Russia implanted a spy.
Congressional Reform Act of 2017 1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman / woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they're out of office. 2. Congress (past, present, & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose. 3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do. 4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%. 5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people. 6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people. 7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 3/1/17. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women. Congress made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and go back to work.
Trump's dark inaugural address followed by tantrums over the size of the crowd did nothing to allay my fears about him. Please make him put his business interests in a blind trust and release his tax returns so I can see for myself that there is nothing to see.
I beg you please do Not vote for DeVoz for Sec. of Education !!!! Certainly there IS a more qualified human being!!!!
Please don't support Pruitt as the head of the EPA. He ignored years of earthquake data proving that fracking is dangerous.
You, as our legislators, and President Trump needs to speak out against domestic terrorism. Hate crimes are up by over 300% across the nation. Women, African Americans, Latinos, Muslim Americans, LGBT Americans are all being acted on with hate. Candidate Trump incited all this hate with his rhetoric and all white audiences. Do what is right: Publicly denounce hate crimes, NOW.
ln the interest of all children in public schools please do not vote in Devoss. She is terribly unqualified and has more interest in filling her pockets that children's minds.
As your constituent who has been victimized by the Trump Administration through the removal of the Obama provided and HUD approved mortgage insurance reduction from .83 to .60, and the constant verbal and written assault on women, hispanics, Black Americans, immigrants, and the LGBTQ community I EXPECT you to resist this divisive corrosive man at every pass. WE the electorate will be watching and monitoring every endorsement and vote and will provide our support or dissent when necessary of which I expect you to give the utmost consideration. Remember there are more of those who voted against him than voted for him and we have proved we are awake, we are watching, and we are mobilized. Thank you.
I marched on the women's march on Washington because I believe in equality.
Do the right thing, protect those who are discriminated against, protect the uneducated, the poor, the marginalized. Think with your hearts before going with everything that crosses your desk. Protect the people.
Trump is an illegitimate president and a threat to our democracy and national security. He is also in violation of the emollients clause. Texans are watching. Any action on your part to support that illegitimate, un-American demagogue will result in your unemployment come 2018.
Trump could very well end life on this planet... This is only possible because America is full of misinformed, empty souls that would rather watch a fake "reality show" and share "fake news" gossip than honestly engage in politics and inform themselves of the issues.
Trump's mis-information campaign regarding the numbers at his inauguration are small & petty, but they are also telling about their intent to lie to the public as a matter of policy. What are the democrats going to do to combat this insidious slope towards authoritarianism? The research show that lies repeated have a way of sinking in. Democrats need a unified strategy immediately!
trump is an angry little man. he is only in office the take revenge on the American people who have doubted him. There is nothing he will not do to punish the people to prove his power. he who wants to be king.
Please stand up to the new president- he is on track to do environmental and social damage that may not be undone in our lifetimes.
Hold trump accountable, pressure him to release his tax returns and investigate him for fraud against trump university students, and not paying his workers
Will be a much better Prez than Obummer